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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms(1 or 2bd flat)+ Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps2-10)

Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca’s beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables.

Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view.

The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2.

We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2.

Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse.

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs.

Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate.

Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns.

Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head.

Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request.

Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.

Keywords: Farmhouse :

Cooking lessons and catering

Driver service

Italian language lessons

More Details

Donatella Sechi
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Donatella Sechi

Mt husband and I in the picture : we are in front of the facade where under the plaster we had found the date in which that part of the farmhouse had been built :1718 !

Donatella Sechi purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Donatella Sechi chose Lucca

This had being been our dream, we wanted to move to live in the country, but not too far from Lucca where we were working.

In 1988, a few months after the birth of our oldest son, we bought this abandoned property and step by step we renovated the building and we started replacing olive trees. We moved here in 1994 and after a lot of works in 2005 we were ready with the rental units. So finally I could devote myself to this full-time job.

What makes this apartment unique

As soon as you arrive you immediately fall in love with the view of the mountains and the peaceful feeling that the view gives you. You can think to be really in a remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, that is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (three adults, one child and two teens) thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Abbacca-la. What a scenic location--everything you imagine Tuscany to be--and Lella, her husband, and their two dogs were so welcoming. The accommodation is not fancy, but more than adequate, and besides, we spent 90% of our time outside, hiking, cycling or exploring our new favorite town, Lucca. If you go, you have to schedule a cooking lesson with Lella, who is a first-class Tuscan chef. It was the highlight of our trip, and my kids are still talking about the gourmet pizzas, tomato/bread salad, and eggplant pasta.
Apr 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lucca in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • One Studio has a very comfortable bathroom for DISABLE PEOPLE. The large unit (2 bd) on the first floor has a very large bathroom with shower and bathtub. Each Studio is on the ground floor and has a bathroom with shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), so in case we can have 4 double beds. Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
we are very flexible for our guests needs and we like to be helpful so please just ask if you have any question and we'll make our best to let you have your stay a relaxing and unforgettable holiday


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Florence, AZ

We loved this location - nice place..

  • 4 of 5

This was a very nice place. The family was busy with olive harvest so having meals there was not a viable option. The one meal we did have was great. If we could offer any suggestions it would be to maybe upgrade the linens.

You definitely need a car for this location. It is located at the top of a very winding, hilly road.

We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We have been visited several locations in Italy, we have seen lots of good places in the last 15 years since we are regularly traveling around the country. But we have never arrived as a guest and leave as a friend from anywhere. This fact maybe tells everything about “Abbacca-là". We really enjoyed our few days here very much. We worked, cooked and laughed together with Lella and the whole family. Wish everybody will have such amazing experience as we had here. Oh, yes and we had never written any feedback before ever!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muscatine, Iowa

Loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

The location and description of this property appealed to us immediately, but we were concerned about renting a car and driving the narrow mountain roads. Fortunately, our host Lella offered us the option of having her do all the driving for us! That was the perfect arrangement for our group of four ladies, exploring Tuscany without our husbands. Her response time was very fast, when we were emailing back and forth, and her English was excellent. We rented the large apartment and the adjoining smaller unit, which were very clean and comfortable with everything in good working order. The rustic stone farmhouse and surrounding countryside was charming, and so was Lella! She welcomed us into her kitchen for breakfast each morning with homemade breads, yogurt, cereals and jams from their fruit trees. This was an option we were very happy to have, as it gave us time to visit with Lella about the area, and Tuscan life in general. We also opted to have her make dinner for us on our arrival day, which she brought to our apartment that evening. We spent a couple days exploring Lucca, riding bikes on the wall, sitting in various piazzas sipping wine and sampling delicious food, and attending an evening Puccini concert at church of San Giovanni. One day, we did a road trip with Lella to Barga, past the Carrara marble quarries, through several mountain villages and on to a coastal resort town. Gorgeous scenery, with the best tour guide around. I highly recommend doing a cooking class with Lella was a highlight for us, as it was our final day at Abbacca-la. Also on our last day we hiked up to the church ruins which was challenging, but well worth the views.

Lella’s customer service went above and beyond our expectations. She created a personal connection with us, treated us like we were her longtime friends, laughed with us, anticipated our needs. We all came home to Iowa with olive oil from their trees......bringing a little living part of Abbacca-la with us to savor, along with our memories. I would highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem.

  • 5 of 5

Abbacca-la` is truly a hidden gem in the Lucca area. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils for cooking. Speaking of cooking, Lella, the owner, instructed us how to prepare focaccia, veal appetizer, a chicken dish and dessert. Then we ate and drank wine outside enjoying the beautiful vistas. Lella and her husband also drove us when we needed transportation. I highly recommend Abbacca-la`.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem Outside of Lucca

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a better place to stay near Lucca. Lella is the most gracious hostess imaginable. In our four days at Abbacca-la she truly became a friend. Having just spent four fast paced days in Florence, my girlfriends and I were eager to escape the city and experience a more relaxed area of Italy. Abbacca-la was everything we could have hoped for and more. Lella's meals were entirely home cooked and amazing. She provided transportation to Lucca for two days of exploring on our own and then spent a day driving us to remote villages and then on to the coast. The highlight of our stay was her cooking class. There aren't enough superlatives to describe our experience. I would love to go back with my family some day.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kitsap Co, Washington

Abaccalla exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Yes, the location was accurately described, a lovely olive farm in the hills above Lucca. The property was very well clean, comfortable and well maintained. Although the photo shows the front of the building, our apartment was in the back, limiting our views of the mountains and valleys. However the patio area where we had our meals was charming with shade and blooming hydrangeas and roses. We even were able to enjoy fire flies in the evening. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives. Donatella was very helpful, meeting us in Ponte Moriano, gave suggestions for day trips, Italian authors to read and local restaurants. We enjoyed restaurants and super market in Ponte Moriano. Donatella's cooking was divine. Day trips we enjoyed were to Lucca, Florence via train, Carrara, Barga, Borgo and walking up to the hillside church ruins. We also were interested in the local history of WWII. Although Abaccalla was more rustic than some places on VRBO, the price fit our pocketbooks. We are 2 couples in our early 70's.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
"Abbacca-la" Eco-friendly farmhouse
Car: necessary

You can walk in 30 minutes to the ruins of romanic church that can be seen from our farmhouse. It's a fantastic spot with a wonderful view of the area and the valley !


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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